|New logo ©Münsterbauverein|
Yesterday night we, the presently 5114 active supporters of Freiburg's Minster church, celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Münsterbauverein (MBV = Society for the Preservation of the Minster) with a ceremonial act in the cathedral.
|Introduction: Gregorian chant|
|Between day and dusk. Eerie illumination|
When nowadays Red Baron looks up the steeple a disfiguring scaffolding bars the view on the masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
|Seen from the Wiehre near my home|
|Seen from Oberlinden|
The present scaffolding around the steeple will at least remain until the end of 2016. The reason is that a closer inspection of the building revealed severe damage to all 28 cornerstones of the pyramid each carrying a weight of 40 tons. Seven of these central building elements must be replaced in situ while 21 cornerstones although showing cracks will get a supporting structure of a blow-out patch and a titanium rod. Taking the old stones out and replacing them with new replicae is a technical challenge. How to support 40 tons of weight when a cornerstone is missing? They do it!
|Replacing a cornerstone or open-heart surgery ©Münsterbauverein|
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